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CONCENTRATION 




CHRISTIAN D. LARSON 



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CONCENTRATION 



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Copyright, 1920 

BY 

Christian D. Larson 



CONCENTRATION 

THE art of concentration is one 
of the simplest to learn, and 
one of the greatest when mas- 
tered; and these pages are written es- 
pecially for those who wish to learn how 
to master this fine art in all of its as- 
pects; who wish to develop the power to 
concentrate well at any time and for any 
purpose ; who wish to make real concen- 
tration a permanent acquisition of the 
mind. 

Whatever your work or your purpose 
may be, a good concentration is indis- 
pensable. It is necessary to apply, 
upon the object or subject at hand, the 

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full power of thought and talent if you 
are to secure, with a certainty, the re- 
sults you desire, or win the one thing 
you have in view. But the art of con- 
centration is not only a leading factor in 
the fields of achievement and realiza- 
tion; it is also a leading factor in an- 
other field — a field of untold possi- 
bility. 

The exceptional value of concentra- 
tion is recognized universally; and still 
there are comparatively few that really 
know how to concentrate. Some of 
these have a natural aptitude for con- 
centrated thought and action, while oth- 
ers have improved themselves remark- 
ably in this direction, due to increased 
knowledge on the subject; but as yet the 
psychology of concentration is not un- 
derstood generally; and that is why the 
majority have not developed this great 

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art, although they are deeply desirous of 
doing so. 

When we do not know how to pro- 
ceed, we either hesitate or proceed in a 
bungling fashion; or, we may proceed 
under the guidance of a number of mis- 
leading beliefs. And in connection with 
concentration there are several ideas 
and beliefs that have interfered greatly 
with the development of this art. In 
fact, methods have been given out, and 
published broadcast, that are supposed 
to develop concentration, but that pro- 
duce the very opposite effect. These 
things, however, clear up when we learn 
the psychology of the subject. 

Among these misleading beliefs we 
find one of the most prevalent to be 
that we must, in order to concentrate 
well, become oblivious to everything but 
the one thing before attention now; but 

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the fact is that when we become obliv- 
ious to our surroundings we do not con- 
centrate at all; we have simply buried 
ourselves in abstraction, which is the 
reverse of concentration. The mind is 
highly active and thoroughly alive when 
we concentrate perfectly; and suffi- 
ciently alive and keen to be aware of 
everything in the mind and all about the 
mind, although giving first thought and 
attention to the work in hand. 

Another belief is this, that we must 
use great force in the mind in order 
to concentrate well; that is, we must 
literally compel the mind to fix attention 
upon the object or subject before it; 
but here we must note that forced action, 
although seemingly effective for a while, 
is detrimental in the long run. This 
is true of the body as well as of the 
mind, so that we must find a better 

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method. However, when we learn the 
real secret of concentration we find that 
no special effort is required; there is 
neither mental strain nor hard work con- 
nected with the process; the mind be- 
comes well poised and serene; and, in 
that attitude, full power and capacity 
is applied where attention is directed. 
The mind that concentrates well does 
not work in the commonplace sense of 
that term; wear and tear have been 
eliminated; there is no strenuous action; 
there is no desire to force or drive 
things through; and no tendency what- 
ever towards the high strung or keyed 
up condition. On the contrary, all ac- 
tion is smooth, orderly, easy and har- 
monious; and work has become a keen 
pleasure. This we can fully appreciate 
when we learn that, in real concentra- 
tion, the mind has gained that peculiar 

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faculty through which it can at will 
open all the avenues of energy in such a 
way that all those energies flow into 
one stream; and that stream flows into 
the one place where work is going on 
now. Therefore, it is not a matter of 
main force, but a matter of knowledge; 
knowing how and where to open the 
gates of energy in the mental world. 
When we study the psychology of 
concentration, we find that most of our 
previous beliefs on the subject will have 
to be discarded. They have only acted 
as obstacles; and as those obstacles have 
prevented the development of real con- 
centration, another obstacle has arisen 
in nearly every mind — that of adverse 
suggestion — the most detrimental of 
all. Briefly, the majority, feeling the 
lack of concentration, continue to think 
and speak of this factor as weak. 
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They continue to suggest to themselves, 
ignorantly and unintentionally, that they 
are very poor in concentration; and 
therefore they hold this factor down 
in a perpetual state of weakness. No 
mental faculty or power can develop to 
any extent so long as we think or speak 
of that faculty as weak or inferior. Ad- 
verse suggestion acts as a blight, and 
must not be permitted under any cir- 
cumstance. We should think as little 
as possible about our weak points. 
When we know that we have a certain 
weakness, we need not speak of it fur- 
ther. To dwell mentally upon weak- 
ness is to live mentally in weakness; and 
they who live mentally in weakness can- 
not develop strength. Therefore, we 
will not think or say,* again and again, 
that we are unable to concentrate, or 
that we are weak or inferior in any re- 

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spect whatever. We will eliminate all 
manner of adverse suggestion. We 
will think and say that we can. We 
will not complain that we concentrate 
poorly, but we will proceed to train our- 
selves to concentrate wonderfully. 



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CONCENTRATION in general 
may be defined as an active state 
of mind wherein the whole of 
attention, with all available energy and 
talent, is being applied upon the one 
thing that we are doing now. We con- 
centrate in the full meaning of the term 
when we give ourselves completely to 
the thought or the action of the present 
moment; and this is true whether we 
work with muscle, brain or mind, or 
express ourselves through thoughts, 1 
words or emotion. 

The principle of concentration is to 
do one thing at a time, and to do that 
one thing with all the talent and power 
we possess. We literally turn on the 
full current of mental and personal en- 
ergy — not only the full current of what 

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we may feel on the surface of thought 
— but all that we can arouse in deeper 
consciousness, and bring forth from the 
greater self within. It is a leading pur- 
pose in cencentration to lay hold upon 
deeper and greater possibility; for we 
are not giving our whole best self to 
the work in hand unless we apply all the 
life, energy and talent that we can 
through super-effort awaken and develop 
now. 

How this may be accomplished we 
will understand clearly as we proceed 
with our analysis of the many phases of 
the subject; and we will discover that 
the power to concentrate well means 
vastly more and involves vastly more 
than most minds ever imagined. Al- 
though the general purpose of this art 
is to give undivided attention to the 
work in hand, the development of that 

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purpose will presently lead us beyond 
this point, and we will enter a new field; 
we will discover in concentration a new 
power and a marvelous possibility. 

There are many things that we may 
expect to accomplish through concentra- 
tion; and in order that we may become 
familiar with this art from every aspect 
— which is necessary to its highest de- 
velopment — we will consider briefly 
the most important of these accomplish- 
ments. First of all we gain the power 
to hold attention upon any object or 
subject for a sufficient length of time to 
complete the work in hand, and the 
power to do this at any time and under 
any circumstances. This is vitally im- 
portant as we all meet distractions at 
every turn, and must learn to give our 
work undivided attention whatever our 
surroundings may be. 

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When we concentrate well we may, 
at will, cause all the available energies 
of mind and personality to work to- 
gether, with full capacity, upon the work 
in hand. This will increase remarkably 
the working capacity and the dependable 
endurance of both mind and body, and 
will mean a high degree of mental mas- 
tery. To be able to master the elements 
and energies of the mind sufficiently to 
bring them all togther to work together 
anywhere any time « — this is an advan- 
tage for which we would pay almost 
any price ; but it comes as a natural emol- 
ument with the development of concen- 
tration. 

We all appreciate the value of speed, 
and especially among the thinking pro- 
cesses of the mind. The mind that 
moves slowly is never brilliant; while 
the mind that can think and act with 

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lightning rapidity is on the verge of at- 
taining genius; and may reach the goal 
of genius in this way if depth and range 
are combined with the element of speed. 
It is not possible, however, to produce 
mental speed through forced action; it 
comes naturally through concentration; 
and it will mean more work and better 
work; more perfect plans and more bril- 
liant ideas — a combination that will go 
very far towards the high goal we have 
in view. 

You are equal to any occasion when 
the whole of your mind is called into 
action; and this very thing concentra- 
tion has the power to do. More than 
that, the whole of the mind will be 
called to higher ground, thereby work- 
ing itself out of mediocrity and re- 
stricted channels, and gradually devel- 
oping itself into that wonder state 

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where everything seems possible. Real 
concentration can lead the way; the 
whole mind will follow; and concentra- 
tion invariably leads into worlds of 
greater results. When we concentrate 
well we exercise a peculiar influence over 
the whole mind; we create, in every part 
of the mind, an irresistible desire to go 
to work; and we inspire every element 
of the mind with a definite ambition to 
excel. 

The act of concentration tends not 
only to apply effectively all available 
energy of mind and personality; but 
tends also to draw forth latent energies. 
The fact is that real concentration be- 
comes in the mind a remarkable force 
of attraction — attracting to itself un- 
used and latent energies from all 
sources in the mental world. That is 
one reason why the mind that concen- 

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trates well becomes so powerful, and 
why such a mind will invariably forge 
ahead, regardless of what the obstacles 
or difficulties may be. It is now a 
known fact that the subconscious supply 
of latent energy is enormous; and as 
concentration tends to attract latent en- 
ergy from all sources, we perceive here 
possibilities that assume tremendous 
proportions. Concentrated action will 
grow into greater action, and upon the 
principle that "much gathers more"; 
" nothing succeeds like success " ; " make 
expert use of what you have and Nature 
will bountifully increase your supply." 
All things in life flow into the main 
stream — because the main stream is 
going somewhere — concentrating its 
movements upon a definite goal. 

Concentrate the mind upon any prob- 
lem, and if you concentrate wonderfully 
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well, you will find the solution. The 
solution of any problem is locked up in 
that problem; and concentration is the 
key. The psychology of this involves 
a most fascinating study; but sufficient 
in this stage of our study to know that 
these things can be done. The same 
is true of any subject, situation or cir- 
cumstance. You can, through concen- 
tration, find the main points or the in- 
side facts of any subject or situation 
that you may consider. Real concentra- 
tion has the power to break through the 
shell; to get beneath the surface; to get 
in behind the scenes; to enter into the 
very life of the thing, and thus get hold 
of bed-rock information. 

These things we may accomplish 
through concentration ; and there is good 
reason therefore why it has always been 
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looked upon as the master art; but there 
is one thing more, the greatest of them 
all. Mental action, when perfectly con- 
centrated, tends to go farther and 
farther into the life, substance or prin- 
ciple that is acted upon at the time. 
Concentration develops a penetrating 
tendency — a tendency to lead the 
mind out of the usual and on into the 
unknown. Concentration forges ahead. 
It goes straight on. It does not tarry 
with known facts. It goes farther. 
It sets out upon a journey; and such a 
journey will invariably prove a journey 
of discovery. The mind will find and 
enter new fields of thought. New laws 
and principles will be discovered. A 
new region of possibility will open be- 
fore the mind, and long sought secrets 
may come to light. Positively, we can, 

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through a highly developed concentra- 
tion, cause Nature to give up her secrets, 
and cause the mysteries of Life to be re- 
vealed. 



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WHEN we realize what may 
be accomplished through con- 
centration, we shall make 
every conceivable effort to develop this 
master art; and our persistence, deter- 
mination and enthusiasm will know 
neither pause nor measure; we will pur- 
pose positively to learn how to concen- 
trate, and therefore will want to know 
how to proceed — what principles to 
adopt and what methods to apply. 

When we examine the psychology of 
concentration, we find that it is based 
upon mental actions that are deeply in- 
terested in a certain subject or object; 
that is, we concentrate naturally and 
without effort whenever or wherever we 
are vitally interested. This then is the 
first principle. Be really interested in 

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that to which you are to address your- 
self, and you will give it your undivided 
attention. 

The problem, however, is how to be- 
come really interested in subjects or ob- 
jects that do not, on their own account, 
attract our attention; or that do not, on 
the surface, appeal to us in the least. 
This is the first and possibly the greatest 
obstacle we have to meet in the develop- 
ment of concentration; but the solution 
is very simple; and we proceed upon 
the fact that everything is interesting 
from a certain point of view — that 
everything can attract our attention if 
permitted to reveal its chief attraction. 

To the superficial mind many things 
may seem useless or uninteresting; but 
not so to the mind that has learned to 
think. It is only on the surface, or 
from a commonplace viewpoint, that 

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most things may seem unworthy of pass- 
ing notice; and it is only when looked 
upon through the eyes of prejudice or 
ignorance that our associations may re- 
pel or produce indifference, or that life 
and its work may offer slight appeal. 
The situation changes entirely when we 
see things as they are; and especially 
when we seek for the deeper cause of 
every condition, and discover the greater 
possibilities that are awaiting back of 
the scenes everywhere. 

The most commonplace object in ex- 
istence, such as a simple rock or a turf, 
becomes a wonder-world when examined 
scientifically; and the ordinary duties of 
life, if examined from all points of view, 
will reveal opportunities and possibili- 
ties that will positively startle the mind. 
It is certainly true that everything is 
interesting from a certain point of view, 

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and we may multiply illustrations in- 
definitely. The universe in all of its 
realities; life in all of its manifestations; 
and existence in all of its actions and 
changes — these things, when looked 
into, with eyes that see, will prove in- 
teresting to a wonderful degree, and 
frequently fascinating to an amazing 
degree. 

Understanding this aspect of the sub- 
ject, which is the all important aspect, 
we may make the following proposi- 
tion : We concentrate naturally and per- 
fectly when we are vitally interested. 
Everything is, in its chief attraction, 
extremely interesting. Therefore, we 
may, by seeking the chief attraction in 
everything, concentrate naturally and 
perfectly anywhere any time. This is 
simple and conclusive, provided we find 
the chief attraction; but here we meet 

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another problem. We may grant that 
everything is interesting from a certain 
point of view, but is it possible to find 
that interesting viewpoint anywhere and 
on short notice? 

It is true that we can, in due time, 
find elements of real interest anywhere 
— of sufficient interest to attract our 
undivided attention; but we may not al- 
ways do so at the moment; therefore 
we have another problem to solve; and 
again, the solution is simple — within 
easy reach of any one who will try. It 
is only necessary at first to proceed upon 
the conviction that everything is interest- 
ing from certain points of view; and to 
drill that fact into the mind with posi- 
tive action and depth of thought. A 
situation will arise that can solve this 
other problem absolutely. 

When you convince the mind that 

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everything is interesting from a certain 
point of view, you establish, in the sub- 
conscious, a natural tendency to be on 
the alert for this interesting viewpoint. 
Your mind will, unconsciously and un- 
failingly, look for the interesting ele- 
ment in everything you meet in life, or 
that you may take up for consideration. 
And when the mind is on the alert, and 
keenly looking for the interesting ele- 
ment, the mind is really interested in 
that subject or object. Vital interest 
in the situation has sprung up subcon- 
sciously, without your making the least 
effort to become interested. So there 
you have the first and most vital essen- 
tial for concentration. 

The importance of this principle is 
so great, and the methods connected 
with it are so effective, that we should 
emphasize and reemphasize these things 

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in our minds in every way conceivable. 
We should think on these things re- 
peatedly; dwell upon this situation with 
the utmost of faith and confidence; and 
give special time and thought to the 
facts involved. There is a tendency in 
nearly every mind to take natural in- 
terest in a few things only; to work and 
act largely in grooves, and to think of 
things in the most general and superfi- 
cial fashion. But real concentration is 
out of the question in such a state of 
mind; that is why special attention 
should be given to the facts under con- 
sideration, so that the tendency of in- 
difference may be supplanted by one of 
whole-hearted interest. 

In practical life this is how the plan 
will work. You are called upon to give 
attention to something you do not under- 
stand, or something that does not ap- 

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peal to you in the least. You are not 
interested, and therefore you cannot, at 
the moment, concentrate properly, or 
give the matter undivided attention. 
But you remember the great fact noted 
in this study, that everything is interest- 
ing from a certain point of view. In- 
stantly you become curious to know 
what the interesting element in the mat- 
ter in hand might be. You have made 
your own mind curious; and a curious 
mind is on the verge of becoming an 
interested mind. 

If this be your first attempt in the 
application of this method, nothing 
more than a mild interest may arise; and 
even that might aid you decidedly at the 
time; but suppose you make use of this 
method many times every day for weeks 
and months. Suppose you make it a 
part of your daily work to impress upon 

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/iyour mind, again and again, the fact that 
everything is interesting from a certain 
point of view. The subconscious will 
soon receive these impressions and make 
that fact its very own. Then suppose 
you are called upon to consider a sub- 
ject towards which you have been wholly 
indifferent. But the subconscious has 
been advised that there are elements of 
interest everywhere, and the subcon- 
scious never forgets what it has once 
really learned. Accordingly, the mind 
will be prompted, by powerful impulses 
from within, to seek the interesting ele- 
ments in the subject before you; and, 
before you are hardly aware of the fact, 
this subject has become interesting and 
attractive. Suddenly, a keen desire has 
come over you to look into this subject 
thoroughly. You want to know. You 
are vitally interested. You are giving 

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the matter undivided attention. You 
are concentrating perfectly in that direc- 
tion. 

When it becomes a part of your mind 
to know and feel that there are interest- 
ing elements in everything, and that 
everything, when looked upon with eyes 
that see, becomes a wonder-world, you 
develop a permanent faculty for look- 
ing into the vital elements in all things. 
You are interested, deeply and perma- 
nently, in the workings and possibilities 
of all aspects of life ; you are wonderfully 
attracted to the real and the true every- 
where; and therefore you will instantly, 
and without effort, give your whole at- 
tention to anything that you may meet, 
or that you are called upon to consider. 
Wherever you think and act, you do so 
with your whole mind; you concentrate 
perfectly, not because you are trying to 

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do so, but because you have developed 
that something in yourself that produces 
perfect concentration. 



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TO develop this idea farther, and 
secure all possible results, we 
should make it one of the per- 
manent rules of life to meet everything 
with the desire to discover its real worth 
and chief points of interest ; and whether 
the element of interest be found or not, 
the act of looking for that element will 
create interest in the mind, thereby pro- 
ducing a certain degree of concentration. 
Whether we meet the commonplace or 
the exceptional, this rule should be 
rigidly observed; and whenever we have 
moments to spare we should apply the 
rule definitely to any subject or object 
at hand, so that the mind may develop 
a permanent and a powerful tendency in 
that direction. To illustrate, we may 
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take an ordinary looking rock and ask 
ourselves what there is about this rock 
in which we may become interested. 
We would ask what this rock is com- 
posed of, how many elements it may 
contain, how they combine, how they 
are attracted to each other and how they 
happen to hold together. We might 
proceed asking questions, and we would 
find that we could ask anywhere from 
fifty to one hundred very interesting and 
most scientific questions about this very 
ordinary looking rock; and every one of 
those questions would arouse the deepest 
interest in the mind because they would 
be questions that would involve some of 
the greatest principles in science. 

The same method may be applied in 
connection with any object or any sub- 
ject we may wish to consider; and in 
every instance we shall be surprised to 

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find how many points of interest will 
come forth to attract and even amaze 
the mind. The truth is, that if we are 
wide awake to the meaning and purpose 
of everything in existence, we shall not 
find anything to be commonplace or un- 
interesting. What appears to be unin- 
teresting appears so simply because we 
have not taken the time to make an in- 
telligent examination. The moment, 
however, that we really examine the 
thing itself, and look into its elements, 
its nature, its qualities, its powers, its 
possibilities and its very soul, we shall 
find so much that is interesting that we 
might occupy the mind for days, weeks 
and months in a deeper and further 
examination. 

We shall find nothing to be of greater 
value as a daily practice than to take up 
objects or subjects, in which we are not 

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actually interested, and direct the mind 
to look for interesting viewpoints, ele- 
ments or factors in connection with 
those objects or subjects. We shall be 
richly rewarded, because we will not 
only find much that is interesting, but we 
will, through this practice, train the 
mind to look naturally for that which 
is of interest everywhere; and we know 
that there is nothing that adds so much 
to our fund of knowledge as the happy 
faculty of being able to look for facts, 
or for the truth everywhere; and the 
same faculty tends to develop, not only 
intellect, but all the finer mental facul- 
ties as well. 

This practice will produce a perma- 
nent tendency in the mind to look for the 
interesting in connection with everything 
that we may see, or hear, or think about ; 
and this tendency will expand and de- 

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velop the mind, and place us in a position 
to secure direct or first-hand informa- 
tion from every experience and from 
every object or subject that we meet on 
the way. More than this, the same 
tendency will develop in the mind the 
faculty of searching for the chief essen- 
tials, or the real thing, that invariably 
exists in the actual life or soul af that 
with which we come in contact; and it is 
hardly possible to over-estimate the 
value of such a faculty, knowing as we 
do that the average mind skims over 
the surface continually, and seldom, if 
ever, discovers the real, vital principle 
involved anywhere. When we develop 
the faculty of finding the real thing, the 
real truth, the real principle, the real 
power, the real factors that exist in 
everything we meet in life, we have 
gained immensely. 

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Whenever we meet what does not 
seem interesting, we should proceed at 
once to examine that particular thing 
with a view of finding something of in- 
terest; and we will find it. And when 
we have work that does not seem in- 
teresting — work upon which we must 
concentrate in order to do it well — we 
should take up such work in the same 
attitude; that is, we should inquire 
deeply and scientifically as to what there 
is about such work that is in reality in- 
teresting. This question coming up, 
will cause the mind to become interested; 
and at once concentration will begin. 
And as we continue this practice, the 
tendency to look for the interesting 
everywhere will become second nature; 
that is, concentration will have become a 
permanent power in the mind, and will 
act thoroughly and effectively of itself, 

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wherever the mind may proceed to act. 
The rule is simple: Look for the in- 
teresting, and the mind becomes in- 
terested; and wherever the mind is in- 
terested, there you concentrate naturally 
and effectively; provided, of course, that \ 
you subconsciously feel that there are ; 
interesting elements in everything; and, 
provided further, that your mind is 
keenly alive with the desire to know, to 
achieve, to excel. 



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A MOST important essential in 
the development of concentra- 
tion is to learn to control the 
actions of the mind — all the leading 
actions, both objective and subjective; 
and although this may seem to de a diffi- 
cult undertaking, it is really quite simple, 
for in fact we exercise this power almost 
hourly to some degree. We all have 
experienced moments when the forces 
of the mind seemed to be under perfect 
control — when it seemed as if we could 
jnove those forces, in any mode or man- 
ner desired, just as we move our hands 
or feet. And when we analyze our 
states of mind during such moments, 
we find that we are in deeper or closer 
touch with the finer forces of mind and 
personality — that is the secret. To 

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acquire the art of entering into this 
closer touch therefore must be our pur- 
pose; and to begin, it is deeper feeling 
that prepares the way for that desired 
state of mind. 

Whenever we proceed to concentrate, 
we should try and deepen the feeling of 
all thought and all mental action ; in fact, 
we should try and feel so deeply about 
everything that we think or do that the 
mind actually enters into the very spirit 
of the process; that is, into the under- 
currents of mental life, those finer cur- 
rents that determine results in every- 
thing that is being done. We may, 
when concentrating in a superficial man- 
ner, secure some slight results tempora- 
rily, but it is those deeper, finer, more 
penetrating currents that produce real 
results, and that alone have the capacity 
to produce extraordinary results. Be- 

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sides, it is the consciousness of those 
finer currents that gives the mind the 
power to exercise complete control over 
all the actions and forces of the mental / 
world — an attainment that is most im- 
portant in the development of concentra- 
tion. 

You may find it a problem at times 
to enter into this state of deeper feel- 
ing; but you can, by giving special at- 
tention to the principle, master this sit- 
uation absolutely; and the secret will be 
found in comparing the two ways of 
listening to music. When you listen to 
music and remain in a superficial state, 
you are simply aware of pleasing sound, 
but nothing more. However, if you are 
in a deeper state of mind at the time, 
wherein you can appreciate the very soul 
of music, you will not simply hear pleas- 
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tone of that music will actually thrill 
the atoms of your being, and arouse 
feelings in mind and soul that are so 
deep, so lofty and so beautiful that you 
could not possibly describe them. 
Briefly stated, your entire being would 
be alive with the deepest and finest and 
most sacred emotions, and the experi- 
ence would be such that its effect would 
remain with you for weeks, months and 
possibly years. 

This illustrates what happens when 
we meet experiences, or anything in life, 
in the attitude of deeper and finer states 
of mind. At such times we do not 
simply discern the surface of things, or 
come in mental contact merely with the 
outer meaning; we actually discern the 
very life of things, and come in mental 
contact with the very kingdom of the 
soul. We find that we invariably enter 

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into this deeper feeling when we try to 
live every act, thought or experience that 
may appear in our world; and the rea- 
son why is found in the fact that when- 
ever we try to live anything, we enter 
into the very life of that particular thing. 
To develop the tendency to enter the 
deeper states of the mind, we should 
work in harmony with a leading law in 
the mental world; that is, the peculiar 
proneness of the mind to produce within 
itself any state, condition or tendency 
that we continue to desire with persist- u 
ence and sincerity, fit is the truth that\ 

('your mind will do anything for you if 
you really want it done. ^J 

When we make it our purpose to 
enter into deeper states of feeling in 
connection with every thought and ac- 
tion, the mind will soon develop a tend- 
ency that will invariably take all men- 

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tal action into deeper states of feeling. 
To encourage the mind in this connec- 
tion, we shall find it a most excellent 
practice, whenever we hear good music, 
to look for the soul of music, to try and 
feel the finer touch of the real life of 
music, and to try to appreciate the most 
delicate harmonies that exist in the very 
spirit of music itself. 

We shall find it an excellent practice 
to apply the same principle in connection 
with anything that is beautiful, or any- 
thing that may appeal to the mind as be- 
ing worthy of our deepest and highest 
attention; and in fact, whatever we may 
be thinking about, we should try and 
enter into the very soul of the thought 
or the theme. In this manner, we will 
develop a natural desire to seek for the 
real, to enter into the depths of life, 
thought and feeling; and gradually con- 

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sciousness will deepen all of its activities 
until we find we can feel more deeply 
in every thought or experience; and we 
shall also find that the conscious domain 
has been increased remarkably. 

We shall find it profitable to apply 
the same principle to every aspect of 
physical sensation, and to every experi- 
ence of the sense life. If we make it 
our aim, not to be satisfied with the 
grosser side of physical sensation, but 
try to discern and feel the finer elements 
that are invariably expressed through all 
forms of sensation, we shall not only 
ifind every sensation more delightful than 
before, but also that it has been lifted 
to a higher plane — that grossness and 
crudeness have disappeared, and that 
the physical body, as a whole, has be- 
come more refined in every form and 
manner. 

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These exercises and experiences will 
tend directly to prepare the way for the 
development of those states of mind 
that we must possess in order to enter 
into this closer and finer touch with the 
higher and finer forces of the mind — 
a most important essential in the art of 
controlling all the actions of the mind; 
for we know that when we have gained 
perfect control over all the actions of 
the mind, then we shall be able to con- 
centrate all the energy we possess upon 
any object or subject we may have in 
view. 

The purpose must be to live beneath 
the surface; to make the great within 
our chief realm of life and concern. 
We may act upon and with the external 
aspects of life; but we must make the 
deeper fields of thought our real place 
of business. For surely if we would 

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master the deeper forces of life, we must 
live and think where those forces arise 
and develop. (This, therefore, is a mat 
ter of imperative importance. 




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AN indispensable element is that 
of a good strong will; and the 
use of the will in connection 
with concentration may be illustrated 
variously; but we will first examine the 
effect of will power, correctly applied, 
in the process of thought creation. To 
illustrate, we will suppose that you have 
several facts concerning a proposed in- 
vention, but have not as yet succeeded 
in bringing those facts together in the 
combination required for the perfecting 
of that invention. If you understand 
the use of the will, you will apply will 
power upon that group of facts, know- 
ing that you thereby increase mental ac- 
tivity in that particular part of the mind; 
and wherever mental activity is in- 
creased, there the creative process is in- 

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tensified and expressd to a higher and 
more perfect degree. The fact is this, 
that whenever an idea may seem in- 
distinct, although you know you have 
all the elements required, the reason is 
that the mind is not sufficiently active in 
connection with the creative process that 
is working to perfect that idea. The 
use of the will, however, will not only 
increase activity throughout this creative 
process, but will also make concentration 
more perfect, because the power of will, 
when applied in connection with concen- 
tration, increases invariably both the 
power and the capacity of the force of 
concentration. 

You will find it possible to perfect al- 
most any idea you have in mind, if you 
can bring to bear upon that idea all the 
available energy existing in your mind; 
and this may be accomplished through 

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concentration, provided concentration is 
deeply expressed, and in a positive man- 
ner — results we may secure through the 
full action of the will. For when we 
fully apply the will, we increase power 
and activity. We intensify the process 
involved; and there is nothing that tends 
more directly to increase the power of 
concentration than the act of increas- 
ing the rapidity of action wherever con- \ 
centration may be taking place. 

We all appreciate the value of bril- 
liant ideas; and most minds are in a 
position to create brilliant ideas at fre- 
quent intervals, but as a rule they 
merely come up to the point of creating 
a brilliant idea ; they do not quite reach 
the point itself. The reason is that 
they have not the power to bring to- 
gether all the elements required for this 
new idea ; and this power is lacking be- 

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cause the will is weak and concentra- 
tion undeveloped. The same is true re- 
garding the perfecting of plans or 
methods. We may have the essentials, 
or all the factors required, but we may 
not always have the power to bring them 
together to a focus, where the required 
combination can be brought about so as 
to evolve the idea or plan we desire. 
The use of the will, however, in this 
connection will produce remarkable re- 
sults. The will always intensifies any 
mental process, and thereby tends to 
bring to a climax any creative process 
that may be going on in the mind. The 
creation of rich and valuable thought 
may be furthered in the same manner, 
because such thought is almost invari- 
ably the result of the bringing together, 
in the proper combination, of the best 
impressions that may have come into 

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the mind through our own study or ex- 
perience. 

Regarding the psychological use of 
the power of thought, we shall find the 
same principle of exceptional value, be- 
cause whenever we use the power of 
thought, whether for the overcoming of 
physical ailments, for the elimination of 
adverse mental states, or for the build- 
ing up of character or mental faculties 
— wherever we may apply the power 
of thought — a perfect concentration is 
indispensable; and the use of the will in 
connection with concentration invariably 
tends to increase both the force and the 
capacity of the process. In fact, we 
never can concentrate with all that we 
are unless we express through concen- 
tration, the full power of the will. To 
express the full power of the will, how- 
ever, every action of the will must be 

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positive, and the will must act subjec- 
tively; that is, it must act through the 
undercurrents, or through the attitude 
of finer feeling — the importance of 
which we have previously considered. 
We understand therefore that if we 
would learn to concentrate well we must 
also acquire a thorough knowledge of 
the will, and develop the will to the 
highest possible degree. 



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THE power of persistent desire 
is invaluable wherever in- 
creased results are wanted; and 
therefore the full force of desire must 
invariably combine with concentration. 
When we desire persistently the object in 
view, we become deeply interested in 
that object and we cause the whole mind 
to work for its realization. Besides, 
the element of desire will instill a some- 
thing into concentration that is really 
alive. It will eliminate the tendency to 
make mental or personal actions mechan- 
ical or forced, and will give to every ac- 
tion that vital spark that means so much. 
The force of desire will also deepen and 
expand every mental process involved — 
a situation that may, at times, become 
the opening way to remarkable results. 

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To concentrate successfully we must 
direct and focalize all the creative 
energies of the mind upon the object 
of concentration; but these energies 
must first be aroused; and here is where 
real desire becomes invaluable. Wher- 
ever we turn on the full current of per- 
sistent desire, every energy and force in 
the mind becomes alive, and may be en- 
listed for good work in any place where 
the power of concentration has been di- 
rected. We find therefore that the 



force of desire becomes a direct and 



powerful aid to concentration in two 
distinct particulars; first, by creating 
wide-awake interest all through the 
mind — by causing the mind to become 
vitally interested in the goal in view; 
and second, by arousing, or making alive, 
the latent or dormant energies of the 
mind, thereby providing the process of 

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concentration with a vast amount of ad- 
ditional power. 

All of this we understand perfectly; 
and the more we investigate the psy- 
chology of the process, the more rea- 
sons we find why we always get what 
we want when we want it " real bad." 
The secret then is to want what you\ 
want with all the life and power there / 
is in you. We can reach any goal, or 
realize any ideal when we concentrate 
perfectly, and with the full force of a 
perfect concentration; and persistent 
desire proceeds to give concentration 
more and more of the two chief essen- 
tials; that is, deeper mental interest and 
greater mental power. 

In this connection inquiry may arise as 

to the best methods for creating this 

deeper and more persistent desire, 

especially where we may not be person- 

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ally interested in the final results; but 
here we should remember that we always 
gain personally from anything that is 
done right. If we develop greater 
Oriental power through the use of any 
psychological law, we gain to that ex- 
tent, even though the greater portion of 
the tangible results may, in this instance, 
go elsewhere. The future is long; 
every form of gain will come to each 
one of us in due time — in a very short 
time if we take advantage of every op- 
portunity to increase our own capacity 
and power. We should therefore be 
interested, personally, in the best and 
most thorough use of every psychologi- 
cal law we may have the privilege to 
employ. 

Realizing this fact, we will want to 
desire success, the greatest possible suc- 
cess, for every enterprise with which 
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we may be connected. Such a desire 
will improve remarkably, not only our 
own concentration, but also all other 
powers and talents we may possess. 
Our own gain therefore will be strictly 
personal, and most direct; and although 
tangible gain may not come at once, it 
positively will come in the near future. 
The future is both larger and richer for 
those who improve themselves in the 
present; and greater opportunities are 
waiting everywhere for greater minds; 
but improvements must be genuine, not 
merely superficial. 

To increase the power of desire we 
should deepen and intensify all such de- 
sire in every form and manner, realizing 
the fact that the more the mind acts in 
a certain direction the greater becomes 
its power to act still more in the same 
direction. The force of desire there- 

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fore may through this simple rule be- 
come immense. And the more we in- 
crease the force of desire the more we 
increase results in every field of thought 
or action. Furthermore, we may cause 
the forces of concentration and desire to 
act and react upon each other to great 
advantage; that is, the more we concen- 
trate for the increase of desire — worth 
while desire — the more powerful and 
persistent will such desire become; and 
the more deeply we desire the power to 
concentrate well — wonderfully well — 
the more life, energy and action we ex- 
press in the building of real concentra- 
tion. 



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THE greatest faculty of all is 
that of imagination; but it is 
the least understood, due prin- 
cipally to the fact that most minds have 
remained in grooves of thought, and 
therefore have not given extensive at- 
tention to their own creative possibili- 
ties, the richest and most numerous of 
which exist in the fields of imagination. 
In the development of any power or 
talent, however, these creative possibili- 
ties must receive direct and scientific at- 
tention; and this is especially true with 
regard to the power of concentration. 
Besides, some of the functions of concen- 
tration are so closely related to those of 
imagination as to seem almost identical. 
When you employ the faculty of 
imagination, one of your chief objects is 

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to bring together ideas or mental images 
with a view of creating some new or 
greater idea; and in concentration this 
11 bringing together " tendency — this 
uniting the many in one, is the leading 
object in view. It is clearly evident 
therefore that a better training of 
imagination will largely increase the 
power of concentration. 

When you employ the faculty of 
imagination, you also tend to bring to- 
gether the many creative energies of the 
mind, combining those energies in the 
one process to which you are giving at- 
tention at the time. A highly de- 
veloped faculty of imagination therefore 
naturally becomes an invaluable aid to 
the power of concentration; and when 
we understand how concentration can, 
by working with imagination, bring to- 
gether, into one powerful line of mental 

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action, all the best ideas of the mind and 
all available creative energy, we know 
why we usually find an excellent imagin- 
ation wherever we find a remarkable 
concentration. 

Analyzing the subject farther, we find 
that a vivid, well-trained imagination 
tends to " light up " the entire mental 
world; or, in other words, to make 
everything in the mind more clear. 
The result is, that the idea or object 
upon which we concentrate becomes 
more distinct; and accordingly, we not 
only concentrate better, but the entire 
mind becomes interested in this idea on 
account of its vividness and distinctive- 
ness. Thus we call into action the many 
aspects of mental attention, an action 
that increases directly and instantane- 
ously the power of concentration. We 
all know through experience how much 

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better we can think when the ideas with 
which we are dealing are vivid, or stand 
out clearly in the mind; and also how 
much better we can concentrate when 
we have a distinct mental picture of the 
object in view. And imagination, if 
well trained and scientifically applied, 
will invariably turn the light upon any 
idea that we may call up for examina- 
tion or further development. 

When imagination is vivid, every 
mental process will be literally filled and 
surrounded with light; and we all can 
appreciate what an immense advantage 
this will be in the practical application 
of concentration. To illustrate, we will 
call imagination into action wherever 
we wish to concentrate, and immediately 
that place or process in the mind will 
become so vivid, and stand out so 
clearly, that all our faculties will be- 
come interested. The entire mind will 
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turn its attention towards the point of 
concentration; and in a moment the en- 
tire mind will concentrate. And when 
we have the whole mind working for the 
object in view, the results desired will 
positively be realized. 

As a practical suggestion we should, 
whenever we begin to concentrate, pro- 
ceed to imagine all the forces of the 
mind coming to a focus at the point of 
concentration. This simple rule will 
not only produce some startling results 
in the process of concentration itself, 
but will also train imagination for defi- 
nite and practical work. Herewith, let 
us note that imagination does have the 
power to take the lead in the mental 
world; and therefore whenever we 
imagine that a certain thing is being 
done in the mind, we lead a majority of 
the energies of the mind to go and do 

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that very thing; provided of course that 
imagination be vivid and highly positive 
in its actions. Here then we have 
within easy reach a most remarkable 
possibility. 



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TO concentrate well is not suf- 
ficient; we must also concen- 
trate with the greatest possible 
capacity; and therefore, we should train 
ourselves to concentrate with the whole 
mind; or to express more and more of 
life and power in every thought and ac- 
tion. But the average mind makes act- 
ual use of only a small fraction of what 
is possible in ability and power; and 
that is one reason why the concentrated 
efforts of such a mind are so weak or 
utterly futile. 

Where concentration is weak and im- 
perfect, we always find most of the mind 
in a dormant state; and vice versa, 
where concentration is exceptional, we 
find marked activity all through the men- 
tal world. The problem then is to 

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awaken more of the mind, and express 
more of the power of the mind in every- 
thing we do — a problem that would 
largely solve itself if we would aban- \ 
don completely all half-hearted modes ) 
of thought and action. 

We should make it a practice to ex- 
press the whole self in everything we do, 
think or say; and the increase in mental 
capacity would be remarkable. We 
should eliminate indifference absolutely. 
Whether we turn to the left or to the 
right, we should turn with all we have 
in feeling, purpose and will. Wherever 
we act, we should be a power, and aim 
to make all action constructive — con- 
ducive to greater capacity for action to- 
morrow. There is no gain in saving up 
power for another day. If we use it 
all now, we will have still more when the 
other day arrives. The power that is 
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generated in the system to-day should be 
used to-day — not scattered — but used 
— used in constructive expression. 
And the law is, that the more power we 
use to-day, the more we shall have to- 
morrow. 

When we think, we should not simply 
think with the brain, but think with 
every force and element in the entire 
personality. There is nothing that will 
increase mental capacity so quickly and 
so effectively as the training of the mind 
to use the whole personality in every 
thought and expression. And when the 
mind can, in concentration, draw upon 
the entire personality for power, con- 
scious and subconscious, we can imagine 
what the force of such concentration will 
be. Our principal object, therefore, 
should be in this connection to awaken 
the vast regions of dormant energy all 
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through the mental world, and express 
more and more of this new energy in 
everything we do. Thus we provide 
concentration with an ever-increasing 
measure of power. 

A most excellent practice, in order to 
express more of the mind in every 
thought and action, is to lay hold upon 
all the energy of the mind with deep 
feeling and will, and actually take up 
that energy as we would take up a book 
with the hand, and place it where we 
want it now. This can readily be done ; 
and with practice we will find that we 
can control our mental energies just as 
effectively as we control the movements 
of hands or feet. When this control is 
gained we shall be able, at any time, to 
increase the expression of the power of 
mind, thereby increasing directly the 
power of concentration; and when we 

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realize that even exceptional minds use 
less than five per cent of their latent 
energies, we gain some idea of the vast- 
ness of our own possibilities. 

To further this increase in mental 
capacity, we should give definite and fre- 
quent directions to the subconscious for 
this particular purpose. In fact, there 
is nothing that will avail so much for 
such a purpose, which fact we can readily 
appreciate when we note what the sub- 
conscious is, and what it can do. We 
should make it a daily practice there- 
fore to direct the subconscious to 
awaken the whole mind, and to express, 
in constructive action, the full power and 
capacity of the mind. Remarkable in- 
crease will be realized, as the weeks 
pass, both in working capacity and in 
thinking power. 

Then we should proceed farther and 
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direct the subconscious to develop and 
perfect concentration itself; and we 
shall be amazed at what can be done in 
this regard. We know that the sub- 
conscious can do anything within the 
range of human possibility, if properly 
directed; therefore the creative power 
of the great within can build for us all 
the most effective and the most perfect 
concentration conceivable. This mar- 
velous power is latent in every mind — 
waiting to be used with intelligence, 
super-effort and real faith. 



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IN the science and art of concentra- 
tion, it is the deeper forces and the 
finer energies of mind and person- 
ality with which we deal directly; and 
therefore we increase the power of con- 
centration as we acquire the ability to 
take up or control those forces at will, 
and according to our purpose or desire. 
To accomplish this, we must gain in- 
terior hold of those forces, because they 
do not respond to any action of mind or 
will that is merely superficial. And 
here we find another reason why it is 
only the few who really can concentrate ; 
it is only the few who think deeply and 
who cause the actions of the m'tad to 
work among the powerful undercurrents 
of life, thought and mentality; but any 
one can acquire this power ; and the first 

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step towards that end is to gain this 
interior hold of the finer energies of the 
mind. 

When we can take hold of the forces 
of the mental world, and direct or sway 
those forces in any way desired, just as 
we sway or extend the arm in any mode 
or direction desired — when we can do 
this, then we are beginning to acquire^_ 
the power of real concentration. This 
/ inner mastery of the forces and energies / 
of the mind, is a purely subjective pro- I 
cess, and is developed only as we learn 
to act consciously and positively in what 
we inlLy^eTrrr-"ttie ^ inner field" oT~ 
thought, consciousness and mind action. 
And although there are many who can 
and do act, to some extent, in this inner 
field, the majority can acquire this power 
only through extensive practice. 

The value of this power, even aside 

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from that of concentration, is very- 
great, especially in connection with the 
creation of effective and brilliant ideas; 
for the fact is, that it is only in this in- 
ner field of mind and thought that bril- 
liant ideas are created; and besides, 
every mental creative process of genuine 
worth depends directly upon the action 
of these finer energies. If we would de- 
velop the real power of concentration, 
therefore, and also master the art of 
creating brilliant ideas, we must think 
and act in the consciousness of the " in- 
ner field " of mentality, and gain, more 
and more, this interior hold upon the 
forces of mind and personality. 

To advance in this direction, we 
should endeavor frequently to take up 
and apply the deeper forces of the men- 
tal system; that is, to take positive hold 
of those forces with mind and will, di- 

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recting them first upon one sphere in the 
mental world, then upon some other 
sphere; to move those forces to and fro 
as we may desire ; to cause them to move 
in circles one moment and in straight 
lines, either towards the depths or the 
heights of the mental world, the next 
moment; to gather them in large groups 
or in small groups according to desire; 
to focalize them all upon any subject or 
idea we have in mind, and to see how 
long we can continue such focalization 
without losing interest in the subject or 
becoming oblivious to our surroundings. 
And here we should remember that the 
moment we lose interest in the subject 
before us, that moment we cease to con- 
centrate; and also, that the moment we 
become oblivious to our surroundings, 
that moment we cease to concentrate. 
Concentration involves, on the one 
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hand, undivided attention to the subject 
or object before us; and, on the other 
hand, complete wide-awakeness to 
everything going on among our sur- 
roundings. The moment we become 
oblivious to our surroundings, the real 
power of concentration is lost for the 
time being; it is very important there- 
fore that we continue to be wide-awake, 
both to the objective and to the subjec- 
tive; in fact, in as wide and deep and 
large a sphere as possible. 

To gain this interior hold upon the 
deeper forces of the mind, it is con- 
tinuous practice that will give the power 
desired; and every imaginable method 
should be employed, because the more 
ways through which we can handle, 
sway or manipulate those forces, the 
greater will become our conscious hold 
upon those forces; and when this con- 

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scious hold becomes remarkable, then 
we can apply those forces anywhere at 
any time, and with full capacity and 
power. In other words, we shall be 
able to concentrate perfectly, and turn 
on the full current of all the talent, 
energy and power we possess. 

An excellent practice is to turn atten- 
tion frequently upon the great within, 
concentrating the deeper forces of the 
mind upon the vast and marvelous pos- 
sibilities that exist in the fathomless 
depths of the mental world. This 
practice will not only aid the mind re- 
markably in gaining this interior hold 
upon the finer energies, but will also 
awaken latent forces and new talents; 
and will invariably arouse increased 
capacity and power in every faculty and 
talent we may be using now. 

When we find that the faculties and 

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talents we employ do not possess suf- 
ficient force and capacity to make that 
work a success, it is most important that 
we take up the above practice and do so 
with determination and enthusiasm. 
We will soon experience most marked 
improvement; the mental engine will 
have more " steam," and we shall be 
able to speed on with twice and thrice 
the usual cargo of plans, propositions 
and achievements. Furthermore, this 
practice will enlarge immensely the field 
for concentration; and here it is import- 
ant to remember that the greater the 
scope and range of the mental world, of 
which we are actively conscious, the 
greater becomes the power of concen- 
tration. Every faculty or power in the 
mind gains exceptional advantages when 
given more and more to work with; and 
the practice of concentrating frequently 

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upon the great within will give every 
faculty more to work with, besides giv- 
ing the mind, as a whole, an ever-increas- 
ing world for attainment and achieve- 
ment. 



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THE possibilities of concentra- 
tion are many; but there is one 
possibility in particular that we 
all should seek to understand most 
thoroughly, and develop to the highest 
degree conceivable. The results will be 
amazing; and every step in advance will 
open new worlds to conquer. 

The principle is this, that we can 
through concentration clear the way for 
almost any achievement, attainment or 
discovery within the range of human life 
and power; and this range is a thousand 
times greater than we have supposed; 
in fact, no limits or restrictions can be 
found. 

This principle can be applied to al- 
most anything that we may wish to find 
or accomplish; and for practical illus- 

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tration we will consider first the prob- 
lems we meet in daily life. It is the 
usual custom, when we have difficult 
problems to solve, to waste a vast 
amount of time and energy worrying 
about how we are to find the solution; 
and as we know this is an easy way to 
failure and defeat. 

The new way is to concentrate; to 
concentrate upon the problem with all 
the energy and intellect we possess; and 
this is what will happen: The full 
light of the mind will be focused upon 
that problem; that problem will be 
placed under the penetrating gaze of a 
powerful mental search light; and, ac- 
cordingly, the mind will be able to look 
into and look through the entire situa- 
tion. Thus the solution will be found; 
for the fact is, that situations or prob- 
lems seem difficult or perplexing only 

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when viewed in the dark or in subdued 
light. When we can look through the 
thing, then we know what to do. 

Turn on sufficient light and all mys- 
tery disappears. Problems cease to be 
problems when viewed in the clear light; 
and we can, through a highly developed 
concentration, turn the full light of the 
mind upon any subject, circumstance or 
situation. Therefore, we should con- 
centrate upon those things; concentrate 
with all the energy and intellect we 
possess; concentrate for days or weeks, 
if necessary, and with unflinching faith 
and determination. We will soon 
penetrate the mystery and find what is 
wanted. We will see through it all, and 
see clearly what to do. 

The same principle will apply if you 
are working on some invention. Do 
not give up at any stage; concentrate 
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upon the thing you wish to develop or 
perfect; and concentrate with more and 
more persistence until the thing is done. 
Nothing is impossible. Nature will 
give up her secrets to those who really 
want them, or to those who will come 
into her greater realms and get them; 
and concentration has the penetrating 
power to go on in anywhere. 

It is a well known fact that most in- 
ventions have come through persistent 
concentration; or through mental pro- 
cesses that involved lightning speed 
creative power; and such processes are 
always due to previous moments of ex- 
ceptional concentration. Furthermore, 
the possibilities of the mind become sim- 
ply marvelous when the full light and the 
full creative power of the mind are con- 
centrated upon the goal in view. We 
realize therefore that greater inven- 
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tions than the world has ever dreamed 
of may be expected when a much larger 
number learn to master the wonder 
working art of concentration. 

Inventive genius involves, among 
other things, the power to create new 
ideas; and we can realize that the more 
intellect and energy we apply in any crea- 
tive process the greater and more bril- 
liant will that idea become. We also 
realize that when we apply all our facul- 
ties and forces upon the creation of an 
idea or the perfecting of an invention, 
the results will be far greater than if 
we applied only a fraction of those fac- 
ulties and forces. And it is the function 
of concentration to apply, upon the work 
in hand, the full power of the mind and 
the highest and most effective actions of 
that power. 

Rich things grow where producing 
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power is abundant; and the producing 
power of the mind at any point will be 
abundant in profusion when we concen- 
trate the best that we have and the best 
that we are upon that point. And to 
emphasize this fact, let us note again 
that the power of concentration when 
persistent and highly developed, will not 
only cause all the talents and forces of 
the mind to work together at the point 
of action, but will also awaken latent en- 
ergies in mind and personality — some- 
times an enormous amount of new en- 
ergy — until you feel as if you were a 
living dynamo. 

When you are in need of a new plan 
in your business, or in your field of en- 
deavor, do not consult all the people 
you know, the majority of whom may 
not be really interested. That is the 
old way, and it leads to confusion. The 

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new way is to concentrate upon the plan 
you want, and with the highest and 
greatest actions of the mind. Thus 
you cause the highest and greatest in 
your mind to go to work and evolve the 
plan you desire. They can do it; and 
if you concentrate exceptionally well, 
you will cause those actions to make a 
super-effort — the result of which will 
go far beyond your every expectation. 
Here you should note well the fact 
that your own mind has the power, ac- 
tive or latent, to work out any plan you 
may require for your best welfare and 
continued progress. Nothing is more 
true than this, that your own mind is 
fully able to take the very best care of 
you. This is a statement that should 
be shouted from the house tops, and 
drilled so thoroughly into every human 
brain that it becomes a positive and ever 

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conscious realization. Your own mind 
can solve your problems and work out 
the plans that you need for advance- 
ment in your life and your work. And 
your own mind will do these things if 
you concentrate persistently upon that 
which you want, and concentrate won- 
derfully well. 

A large and valued field for the ap- 
plication of the same principle, is the 
field of ideals. And in this connection 
we should consider well the great fact 
that whenever the mind gains the in- 
sight to perceive an ideal it also gains 
the power to make that ideal real. But 
it is only through a well developed con- 
centration that this power can be applied 
effectively. The majority, however, 
among those who entertain high ideals, 
do not give sufficient thought to concen- 
tration. They dream and dream, hop- 

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ing the dream will come true; or, when 
they do try to concentrate, they journey 
off into abstractions and transcendental 
speculations — a process that does not 
call into action the power that is able to 
make those dreams come true. 

The same is true of young minds 
who are ambitious. Most of them 
merely hope and hope that their ambi- 
tions will be realized somehow; but they 
do not concentrate persistently and con- 
tinually upon the great goal they have 
in view. They do not call into con- 
certed and organized action the sum- 
total of their forces and faculties; and, 
in consequence, their ambitions never 
materialize. The fact is that where one 
ambitious mind scales the heights of 
achievement, fifty give up their early 
ambitions after a few years and decide 
to resume an average existence; and the 
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chief reason is, that these fifty do not 
concentrate; or, if they do concentrate, 
it is only for a time and in a weak, un- 
certain fashion. The successful one, 
however, turns on the full current of 
concentration, and persists, with un- 
daunted faith and determination, until 
the goal in view is realized. 

This should be the rule: Whatever 
you want, concentrate; concentrate upon 
the purpose you have in mind; concen- 
trate upon those greater forces and pos- 
sibilities within you that can get you 
what you want — that can see you 
through successfully. For it is posi- 
tively true that your own mind can get 
you anything within reason; provided 
of course that your whole mind is work- 
ing for you; and your whole mind will 
work for you — will work for you with 
the highest degree of effectiveness — 

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if you concentrate wonderfully well. 
The possibilities of concentration are 
not confined, however, to the usual fields 
of achievement, or to those mental do- 
mains with which most of us are famil- 
iar. There are other and greater 
worlds that we may discover and take 
possession of through the use of this 
master art. To illustrate, if we wish to 
evolve or develop something that is en- 
tirely new, or decidedly different, the 
principle is to concentrate in that direc- 
tion. Thus we shall make a super-ef- 
fort in that direction; that is, if we con- 
centrate with full capacity and marvel- 
ous skill; and we will, with absolute cer- 
tainty, develop something that is be- 
yond all previous effort — something 
that is distinctive, that stands out in a 
class by itself, that reveals clearly the 
master touch of genius. 
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The elements of genius are latent in 
every mind; and any mind may, through 
the super-efforts of a marvelous concen- 
tration, call those elements together into 
positive, creative action. Thus some- 
thing new or startling may be developed. 
It may be a new and most brilliant idea ; 
or, a new and superior plan for the re- 
alization of certain highly desired 
changes in life ; or, an entirely new way 
of doing things — ways and methods, 
which when applied, might revolution- 
ize everything in that sphere of human 
thought or endeavor. 

The most wonderful possibility of all 
is this, that concentration can lead the 
mind on and on, out of present restric- 
tions and beyond present states of 
knowledge and consciousness, into new 
realms, richer kingdoms and greater 
worlds. We know that concentration 

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does have the tendency to go farther; 
and that it has real penetrating power, 
so that it may delve into anything in the 
vast domains of Life, Mind or Nature. 
It is possible therefore to cause the 
power of concentration to go so far into 
any state of reality that new and mar- 
velous domains will open before the 
mind. Thus we might find long sought 
secrets in the natural world, or make 
discoveries in any field or region that 
would prove amazing to the mind and 
invaluable to human progress. 

It is the positive truth that a highly 
developed concentration can carry the 
mind farther and deeper in any direc- 
tion. This is something that the great 
minds of every age have demonstrated 
repeatedly. And if we go deeper or 
farther into Life, into Mind, into Na- 
ture, we are going to make discoveries. 

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We are going to find secrets that no 
mind has known before. We are going 
to meet forces, laws and principles, the 
knowledge of which may reduce to sim- 
plicity a thousand so-called impossibil- 
ities. We are going to discern the inner 
workings of things in many fields and 
regions, and thus secure information 
that wise men have sought all through 
the ages. 

These things are not exaggerations 
nor the mere picturing of a highly stim- 
ulated imagination; for when we accept 
the fact that concentration can lead the 
mind farther and deeper in any direction 
— which fact we all accept absolutely — 
we realize that we may, through this 
use of concentration, discover or accom- 
plish almost anything; that is, if we 
carry on the process far enough. It is 
a matter therefore of deciding to con- 

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centrate until we find or secure what we 
want. The outcome will be as ex- 
pected; for in due time we shall meet 
the great and the wonderful; we shall 
learn how this remarkable power can 
open to the mind regions beyond re- 
gions of untold possibility. 

Here then is food for thought what- 
ever our work may be, or whatever our 
fields of study may be. Here we have 
promises rich and rare for those who 
aspire to excel; for those who are look- 
ing for new worlds to conquer; for those 
who are in search of the deeper secrets 
of life everywhere. And as we give 
thoughtful attention to these things, we 
perceive most keenly that we are ever 
on the brink of wonders and marvels — 
with the power to go on into those fabu- 
lous regions and take possession. 

To the practical mind it is clearly 

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evident that if we train the mind thor- 
oughly along all essential lines, and 
learn to concentrate wonderfully well, 
we are going to move forward steadily 
and surely, gaining capacity, power and 
speed as we proceed. And if we con- 
tinue in this manner, we will not only 
accomplish what we have in view, but we 
may at any time strike a new trail lead- 
ing directly and quickly to the highest 
pinnacle of achievement. 

To the mind of ideals, and to all who 
have faith in greater possibilities, it is 
equally evident that a well trained mind 
can, through a highly developed concen- 
tration, take a charmed journey into 
Nature's wonder world — with the posi- 
tive assurance that something of untold 
value will be found. For when we real- 
ize that the mind holds marvels and 
possibilities far beyond what we ever 

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dreamed; and when we know that these 
mental marvels can be gathered and 
trained for super-effort — for creative 
work on any scale — or for going out 
upon expeditions of discovery, even en- 
tering into the secrets of life and the 
heart of things — when we note these 
things we stand amazed at what might 
be done. But the mind of faith and 
courage will stand amazed only for a 
moment. Such a mind will resolve to 
master this wonder art at once — for in 
it there is a power that never knew 
failure nor defeat — a power that is 
fully able to cast the mountains of im- 
possibility into the sea of oblivion. 



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